Farmer School students have two outstanding opportunities to network, learn and build their resumes each year through the Chicago Finance Week and Wall Street Week experiential learning programs. These programs give students access to the fastest rising and most influential speakers and ideas in financial world.
A select group of the best and brightest finance students travel to the windy city each September for Chicago Finance Week. In 2011, 24 students were selected to attend, based on academic performance and leadership in student organizations.
Bank of America has hosted the 4-day event the past several years. Students are exposed to the best ideas in the Chicago financial environment during presentations and discussions. Executives and Miami alumni from leading firms like Bank of America, Allstate, William Blair, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse interact on a personal level with students. The networking opportunity presented is an added bonus.
Miami has an excellent track record of placement in the Chicago market and the area is home to many prestigious alumni. In addition to the high-level interaction students receive with financial minds they’re exposed to the inner workings of world-class financial institutions. Past trips have included visits to the Chicago Board of Trade and Federal Reserve Bank.
Students are selected for Chicago Finance Week by an application and interview process during spring semester. While there is no major requirement, students must have an interest in finance and are chosen on such criteria as grades, involvement on campus, and how they will represent the university. The program is co-sponsored by the Farmer School of Business, Bank of America and Allstate, which subsidizes housing, meals, and provides a meeting location at its headquarters in the heart of the Chicago financial district.
Students return from the trip with invaluable insights over and above what they might find from textbooks, lectures and case studies. They enjoy and distinct and real advantage in their understanding of financial processes and interactions. In addition, they recognize the strength and size of the Miami University alumni network and the importance of leveraging those relationships as part of a career strategy.
The Miami Wall Street Week program takes place each January and exposes students to the inner workings of New York City’s financial district. Students gain a complete and comprehensive knowledge of the intricacies of U.S. financial decision making. About 30 students attend each year; most of them are finance majors.
The Farmer School of Business hosts the event in conjunction with the Royal Bank of Scotland. Students gained real-world insight through visits and experiences at famed financial institutions such as the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the New York Stock Exchange, the gold vault at the Federal Reserve, and observed activities at the stock exchange, the equities trading floor at Morgan Stanley, and the fixed income trading floor at Lehman Brothers. In a series of seminars during the week, students heard from experts on topics ranging from the sub-prime meltdown to portfolio management, from asset allocation to relationship management. Students selected for the experience gain an upper hand in networking through access to presenters and host companies.
Interested students are selected on a basis of GPA, interest in investment banking careers, internship and job prospects upon graduation, and a personal essay.
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